The Google Stadia Controller Won’t Support Wireless Play to Mobile and PC at Launch
Dig out your USB cables, it's time to plug in.
Google Stadia, when revealed was said to allow players to experience their games on TV with the use of Chromecast, and through desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices that have Google Chrome installed. In an interview with The Verge, Phil Harrison, the Vice President at Google had explained how connected the Stadia controller would be,
“the controller connects directly to Google’s data centers — rather than any specific screen you might be using — so you won’t need to re-sync it to, say, your laptop when you stop playing on the TV.”
However, 9to5Google noticed a disclaimer on the latest video for Google Stadia that launched on October 15. The disclaimer stating that, at launch, the controller isn’t going to be entirely wireless. While the controller can be wirelessly connected to a TV with a Chromecast Ultra, switching to a computer or mobile phone will require physically plugging the controller in through a USB-C cable.
The confirmation of this came through a Reddit post from a community manager who said the following,
“for wireless gameplay, this is limited to Chromecast Ultra. When plugged in via USB cable, the Stadia Controller acts as a standard USB HID controller and may work on other platforms depending on the game and setup.”
In the video above, you can also see the mobile device and laptop used being connected by a cable, but of course, with everything being white and bright, it’s not entirely noticeable. The Verge, who also reported on this says, “Google tells us it’s focusing on getting wireless play right on TV first, because it wants that big screen experience to be as good as possible.”
The Google Stadia controller was also confirmed to support Bluetooth-audio, but this will only be supported post-launch. It does seem like the controller will eventually have the capabilities to connect wirelessly, it’s just a shame that those getting the Founders Edition on November 19 won’t be able to make use of full wireless support with the Stadia controller.
Until then, the Founder Edition’s of Google Stadia will launch on November 19 with Red Dead Redemption 2 being slated to launch on that same day. Stadia is to launch fully next year. If you’re wondering how the controller feels, we sent Cameron to go and feel it back in September, so you can go and read his thoughts here.